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Mark and Carrie discuss the decision by Fox News to limit its GOP debate to the top 10 candidates, as well as who might get left out in the cold.Republican Party
The fall of Iraq's Ramadi to ISIS was Baghdad's worst military disaster and the most damaging setback for the U.S. strategy to defeat the extremists in almost a year.
Lawmaker Hanin Qadoo called the weekend seizure of the city just 70 miles west of Baghdad "grave and serious." Even worse, the …Middle East
Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…Rapper and cannabis enthusiast Snoop Dogg took a moment Tuesday to get his mind off his money and his money off his mind to endorse Hillary Clinton, we assume to curry favor for his eventual request for a top administration post. No one has …Hillary Clinton
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly describes an ISIS takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi as a "setback."White House
WASHINGTON — The State Department has proposed releasing portions of 55,000 pages of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by next January.
The department made the proposal in a federal court filing Monday night, in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News.
In the …Hillary Clinton
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Last night's wild primary in Kentucky
The premiere political race of 2015 -- Kentucky's gubernatorial contest -- delivered a wild primary result last …Elections
Sen. Rand Paul considers questions about Iraq and how to handle "secular dictators" like Saddam Hussein "important" and should be posed to all of the leading presidential candidates.
Responding to a question about how former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida dealt with a week of queries about …Saddam Hussein
As fights over the temporarily reauthorizing and changing of the Patriot Act loom, one prominent critic did not commit to battling a possible extension ahead of the June 1 deadline.
In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Rand Paul did not indicate whether he would filibuster an extension, …National Security Agency
The picture of faith in America is changing rapidly, according to data released by the Pew Research Center this past week, and those changes may have some big impacts the American political scene.
The United States is still overwhelmingly a Christian nation - more than 70% of adult Americans said …Polling
Chuck looks at the rapid increase in the number of Americans who say they aren't religious and what it means for politics.
NBC's Chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel details the raid in Syria that could provide key information for the U.S. military.Richard Engel
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman explains why he believes Infrastructure should be a top priority for the United States
The MTP panel examines Hillary Clinton's answers about her vote on the war in Iraq during the 2008 campaign and what Jeb Bush could learn from her flub.Middle East
Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul explains why he believes Jeb Bush's answers on the war in Iraq are important to address during the campaign.Middle East
DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday declared he would aggressively campaign to win the caucuses here, ending any doubt about his participation in the first contest of the GOP primary but also opening himself up to the possibility of a defeat that could severely damage his …Jeb Bush
At this point in the campaign, do you see the Republican presidential hopeful who’s going to beat Hillary Clinton? I didn’t think so.
Not if what we’re watching now is the best the GOP can do. Maybe a thoroughbred will emerge from the coming debates, assuming the party finds a way to cram all the …Hillary Clinton
This time, it’s personal.
For months the Democrats’ internecine fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal — President Obama wants it, and his co-partisans on Capitol Hill generally don’t — relied on abstract scaremongering. Then populists began turning to contorted procedural objections, …Trade Pact
President Obama, so often cool and cautious in his language, gave a full-throated roar on trade last week, saying thatSen. Elizabeth Warren was “ absolutely wrong ” in her criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that “her arguments don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny .”
I think Obama is …Elections
THERE ISN’T much bipartisan governance left in Washington, but if anything still fits that description, it’s probably the annual defense authorization act, which sets spending levels and policy for the Pentagon, and, therefore, usually brings Republicans and Democrats together in support of …Military Spending
IT HAS always been irrational for states to decline to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. The 21 states that have refused to take advantage of this element of Obamacare have denied access to coverage for 4 million people, left billions in federal health-care dollars on …Rick Scott
Two years ago this week, a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Information confirmed what hundreds of tea party, conservative, pro-life and pro-Israel organizations had long known: The Internal Revenue Service had stopped processing their applications for exempt status and subjected …IRS Targeting Controversy
The practical effect of the Vatican’s decision to sign a treaty recognizing the state of Palestine is debatable, but it is a symbolic victory for Palestinians who are struggling to keep alive their dream of a Palestinian state, which has been thwarted by the Israeli government of Prime Minister …Middle East
Of all the malfunctioning parts in the country’s broken-down immigration machinery, probably the most indefensible is the detention system.
This is the vast network of jails and prisons where suspected immigration violators are held while awaiting a hearing and possible deportation. Immigrant …Immigration
OBAMA AGENDA: The fight over NSA data collection
The New York Times looks at the lengthy fight over NSA bulk data collection -- and what it means for democracy.
The Washington Post writes that an inspector general report shows that Secret Service supervisors didn't report agents' misconduct.